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Housing Costs After Retirement: Owning A Home Outright Benefits Retirees

September 16, 2014
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A new report from Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies reaffirms the common belief that retirees who own their homes outright are considerably better off than those carrying mortgages or paying rent. The report, called “Housing America’s Older Adults,” focuses on the changes needed to supply sufficient affordable housing for the country’s 50-and-over population, […]

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How To Make Your Home A Perfect Nesting Place

September 12, 2014
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Making a painless transition from summer to fall is all about planning. The better we prepare our homes for the coming months of rain and cold, the less we mind it. “A hub nest for autumn and winter is a place where you do not feel anxious, and where everything is fit for purpose,” says […]

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5 Credit Score Must-Knows For Millennials

September 10, 2014
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According to a recent survey by the Consumer Federation of America and VantageScore Solutions, 18- to 34-year-olds know less than other demographic groups about who’s looking at their credit scores, who collects the information on which scores are based, and what factors drive credit score calculations. “Millennials are less knowledgeable about credit scores simply because […]

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6 Renting Costs That May Surprise You

September 10, 2014
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Summer and early fall is prime moving season, so renters throughout the country may face surprises as they settle into new homes. Experienced renters know they need to budget for a security deposit, moving costs and possibly a broker fee, but here’s a look at other recurring costs that are easily overlooked, along with ways […]

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Use Houseplants To Create A Healthy Home

September 9, 2014
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Placing plants around your home does more than beautify your space – according to NASA, houseplants are actually good for your health. Here are a few tips to help you decide what plants are best for your house. For example, eucalyptus is great for congestion. It opens bronchial passages and clears mucus during colds, flu […]

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14 Steps To Selling Your Home Super Fast

September 6, 2014
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The peak homebuying season is over, but you still want to sell your house before the first snow falls. Even in a slow season, there are steps you can take to sell your home quickly. “Curb appeal is everything,” says Michael Mahon, general manager of HER Realtors in Columbus, Ohio. “Driving into the driveway and […]

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Your Credit Report: 6 Tips For Homebuyers

September 6, 2014
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Whether you plan to buy a home in six months or a year or two, you’ve probably been told to request your free credit report to check for errors and to see what a lender can learn about you from the report. As page after page of your report shows up on your computer screen […]

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Shopping For Energy Efficient Lighting? Don’t Forget These Considerations

September 6, 2014
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Lightning is one of the most critical elements in home installations and, not surprisingly, it has a significant impact on household’s energy consumption as well. A well-lit room can reap a bevy of advantages, affecting the mood, health, comfort, and productivity of its occupants. New lights offering a lifespan of 2 decades might save you […]

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The One Thing You Need to Get Right for a Secure Retirement: The Home You Live In

September 3, 2014
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The biggest threat to your retirement security may be the home you live in, according to a new study by the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies and AARP Foundation. Your home and its location has an enormous – but often overlooked – impact on your quality of life and financial security in retirement, a […]

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Selling Your Home: How To Prepare For Showings When You Have Young Kids

August 30, 2014
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When you have young children, staging a home before each showing can be a challenge. “You don’t have to keep everything in perfect, pristine order,” said Lydia Sussek, a real estate saleswoman at Corcoran Group in Manhattan. “If you have kids, it’s hard.” But there are a few things you can do that will have […]

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